New philosophy leads to changes
According to all available information, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is very close to arriving at the Don Wheaton showroom. The arrival of the new Cadillac crossover SUV is special for several reasons. First, it will be among the first 2017 vehicles to appear on our property. Second, the all-new XT5 is one of eight brand new models that the automaker is building over the next several years. Finally, once the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is available in Edmonton, the luxury crossover SUV class will never be the same. One of the most common questions we received at the Edmonton Motor Show last weekend was, ‘What is the inside of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 like?’
XT5 shares conceptual design
Overall, the newest Cadillac vehicles like the 2016 Cadillac CT6 and the upcoming 2017 Cadillac XT5 share a similar design philosophy. Cadillac builders used an “evolving design language” to raise the “level of sophistication” in both vehicles. As a Cadillac SUV, the 2017 XT5 has a lot to live up to not only when compared to legacy nameplates like the Escalade, but the European automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW have raised luxury buyers’ expectations. In order to remain competitive, Cadillac designers had to have a clear mission with clear goals.
“We believe that luxury crossover customers particularly focus on interior design and materials,” Andrew Smith, Cadillac executive director of global design said in a Cadillac press release. “This design direction is predicated on modern craftsmanship and the artistic integration of technology.”
How is the 2017 XT5 different?
Cadillac has built the 2017 XT5 to be a different crossover from the existing SRX. The primary difference between the two is that the new XT5 is larger, offering more than 8 centimeters of additional legroom than the SRX and it also offers a more powerful base V-6 engine. Cadillac designers went well-beyond stretching the dimensions of the XT5 to differentiate it from is in-brand siblings as well as the rest of the automotive class.
“Our focus for the interior was sophistication and simplicity, ensuring an economy of lines to reduce visual noise and clutter,” Smith said. “A feeling of space is the ultimate luxury, so we sought to emphasize that. We also use a greater variety of authentic materials and palette of colors to deliver expressive interiors in all trim levels.”
The team building the 2017 Cadillac XT5 made the interior surfaces wider with a more horizontal orientation. Not only did this interior design choice give the new Cadillac crossover SUV a more refined and modern look, but the shape allowed for a more efficient use of the available space within the passenger cabin of the new Cadillac SUV. However, at least one Cadillac design tradition has remained in place for the XT5, each of the interior panels and pieces are wrapped with cut-and-sewn materials as opposed using molded components.
If you would like to know more about what the inside of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is like before it arrives to Don Wheaton, make an appointment with a sales professional today.